Houses built on sandthe importance of a reliable         Linux server estate                       www.linuxit.com
Why YourOrganisation WillBenefit From BestPractice LinuxArchitectures and    The common issuesSystems Management          ...
Some of these distributions do not carry theenterprise assurances demanded of a missioncritical environment.They are often...
Because they have not been built against bestpractice, there is often no facility to detect, isolate andcorrect problems b...
Invest in                                                           best practiceThe solution                             ...
Design the Linux Application Ready Infrastructure(ARI) to optimise for the specific application usingreference architectur...
Manage your systems in such a way that you areaware of problems before your customers are -implement fault management and ...
Determine whether it is cost effective tomaintain a deep Linux competency capable ofmaintaining your Linux systems in line...
Your Linux systems can be commoditised and builtagainst best practice standards by outsourcing thisservice to a specialist...
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Houses Built On Sand - The Importance of a Reliable Linux Server Estate

  1. Houses built on sandthe importance of a reliable Linux server estate www.linuxit.com
  2. Why YourOrganisation WillBenefit From BestPractice LinuxArchitectures and The common issuesSystems Management Linux often entered into the organisation via the backdoor many years ago and has proliferated organically, rather than against a strategy or plan. It has not, therefore, been subject to the same rigorous standards or ROI assessments applied across the UNIX and Microsoft estates. This very often leads to multiple, undocumented builds of variable standards across numerous Linux distributions.
  3. Some of these distributions do not carry theenterprise assurances demanded of a missioncritical environment.They are often not optimised for the applicationin terms of performance or security.Without a standardised architecture design anddocumentation, there is a great deal of risk throughdependency on the engineer that built the servers.Servers are not built with operational efficiencies inmind, so scaling up capacity is complex, expensive anddoes not benefit from any economies of scale.It also often means they are not regularly updatedwith security patches and fixes which can introducerisk into the organisation.
  4. Because they have not been built against bestpractice, there is often no facility to detect, isolate andcorrect problems before they impact on the business.Very often, security has not been considered to theextent that it should have been when building theseservers, particularly in terms of identity management,activity monitoring and virus/malware management.Ultimately, poor practice around Linux causes anincrease in failure rates, security risk and costs whiledecreasing productivity, operational efficiencies andthe value your organisation is able to deliver.Customers may not return if they’ve suffered froma bad experience - for example, on an e-commerceor m-commerce website, leading to lost salesopportunities.
  5. Invest in best practiceThe solution Linux Invest strategically in best practice Linux consulting and Linux support and managed services for increased organisational performance. Formulate your Linux strategy. Ask yourself why you are using Linux as opposed to UNIX or Microsoft? Once you understand the reasons, ensure the Linux architecture and systems management are designed to deliver the anticipated advantages.
  6. Design the Linux Application Ready Infrastructure(ARI) to optimise for the specific application usingreference architectures from a Linux specialist.Create a Standard Linux Operating Environment(SOE) that is fully aligned with your requirementsas an effective and managed process and fullyintegrated with your IT environment and IT processes.This will dramatically reduce deployment time,simplify maintenance, increase stability andreduce costs.Implement an SOE Management Platform to providea centralised way to deploy errata and configurationchanges to standard build installations and tointegrate with your change management, incidentmanagement and other IT tools and processes.
  7. Manage your systems in such a way that you areaware of problems before your customers are -implement fault management and performancemanagement systems that are designed specificallyto provide a greater return on investment in yourLinux estate.Secure your Linux infrastructure with best practiceLinux security management that addresses accesscontrols, user activity, data privacy, viruses andmalware and denial of service attacks.Adopt best practice Linux as the foundation forvalue recognition further up the stack.
  8. Determine whether it is cost effective tomaintain a deep Linux competency capable ofmaintaining your Linux systems in line withfast evolving best practices. LinuxIT deploys andmaintains thousands of Linux servers againstbest-practice which means you benefit from ourknowledge and economies of scale.Perhaps your internal competency wouldprovide a greater value by focusing on the ITthat is unique to your organisation? Only theyunderstand the nuances of your business and,given the opportunity to express their creativitybeyond the mundanities of the operatingsystem, they will drive innovation and value inyour business.
  9. Your Linux systems can be commoditised and builtagainst best practice standards by outsourcing thisservice to a specialist Linux service provider with whichyou will benefit from significant economies of scale,improved productivity and reduced risk.Speak to LinuxIT today about how best practiceLinux can benefit your organisation.Download our eGuide www.linuxit.com KEY QUESTIONS CEOS SHOULD ASK THEIR CIOKey questions CEOs should ask their CIOto find out more. Download Now 1

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